Every living thing has to feed one way or the other, because it is a necessity for living. There are organisms which are capable of manufacturing their foods(Autotrophs) and then others (Heterotrophs) have to eat these ready made food.
Photo: A Predator - Bear
However, animals do eat one another, and it is referred to as predator-prey relationship. Predators are meant to feed on Preys, but that is not always the case - and when that happens, it is called Reversed predatory (Predator-Prey reversal).
Here I have highlighted certain cases in the wild were the predators became food for their prey. Shocking but true.
Epomis Larvae and Amphibians
Frogs like every other amphibians are known to hunt and eat insects including beetles - which comes quite handy. Larger species such as the bull frog are known to hunt mammals like mice and birds, but the epomis larvae, the larvae of the epomis beetle - a Middle Eastern beetle is it's nemesis.
These larvae lures the frog by waving it's antenna and moving very fast; in a prey like manner - in order to get the attention of the frog. The unsuspecting frog sees a potential prey and advances to hunt.
Photo: Epomis Beetle
When the frog sticks out it's tongue to grab it's potential meal in what takes a split second, the much faster larvae dodges the frog's tongue and attaches itself to the frog in a suitable position; either the throat or belly and begins sucking it's body fluid before eating up the frog, leaving the bones as leftover.
These larvae have an outstanding success rate of nearly a 100 percent. On one occasion, a toad swallowed the larvae and for two hours it kept moving inside the toad, and it was eventually regurgitated and as you would have it, it was killed and eaten by the same larvae it once ate.
The adult beetle is not left out, as it is also known to hunt amphibians by hopping on them and paralysing them with a distorting bite, before eating.
The Common Snapping Turtle and the Salt Water Crocodile
Photo: Common Snapping Turtle spots a potential meal
In North Carolina at a park, a common snapping turtle met an ill fated death after attempting to prey on an American alligator. The snapping turtles are very formidable hunters, with powerful beaks for crushing their preys and in this occasion, it took the wrong prey and paid for it with its life.
Photo: Reversed predatory by alligator
Growing up to 2 feet in length and a weight of up to 30 kg, it was a mismatch for an alligator. At first, the snapping turtle nipped at the alligator - I guess, it wanted a taste of what it's lunch - tasted like and the alligator in turn, got provoked and retaliated. After killing the supposed predator, the alligator then feeds on the turtle; with the hunter becoming the hunted.
An Anaconda stalking a Jaguar for a potential meal
In a footage captured on video, a giant 300 pounds anaconda - an apex predator of the Amazon forest, met its end at the end of a Jaguar's jaw.
The anaconda spots the cub of the Jaguar, with the male and female jaguar on the watch, it ignores their presence and approaches for a potential meal. At its arrival, the male jaguar charges to defend itself and its family from imminent danger and when the anaconda saw it wasn't an easy prey - it tried to retreat, but there was no room for that; as the jaguar mom wanted the threat eliminated.
The anaconda tries to recede into the water for safety but the male jaguar was determined to see it lifeless at all costs, including going after it into the water several times, as it tried to flee. In the end, the anaconda was killed by both jaguars. And as you know, dinner was ready - because they are opportunistic feeders.
It was a risky adventure for the reptile; being that the jaguar has the most powerful bite(2,000 psi) of all cats. This bone-crushing bite is a very formidable weapon of defence and attack. And so once again the predator becomes the prey.
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